Benchmade Knives Founder, Les de Asis, Passes
Oregon City, OR – -(AmmoLand.com)- It is with great sadness we share that Les de Asis passed away earlier today.
No words can properly express the sadness of our loss. Benchmade has lost our founder, friend, and visionary who built one of the greatest knife brands in the world.
My father loved all customers, employees, friends, and the storied list of knife makers who influenced him and the world of knives since his humble beginnings in the 70’s. He was especially passionate and proud of the knife and shooting sports industries and always hoped they would thrive well beyond his years.
His personality and character extended far beyond business, creating fun friendships and relationships that brought him tremendous joy day after day. He always cherished interactions with people from all walks of life; from folks in law enforcement and military to those who love hunting and fishing, and also those who simply like to “smoke cigars, bullshit and eat good food” – in his own words!
The values, culture, and essence of our brand are all thanks to his lifelong pursuit of making great knives even better, and providing users with products they can depend on every …Read the Rest